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in "the situation room." john berman and poppy harlow continue our special coverage right now. >> please raise your right hand and repeat after me. >> i donald john trump do solemnly swear -- from now b it's going to be america first -- that i will faithfully execute the office of the president of the united states. we've eliminated jock-destroying regulations. and will to the best of my ability -- who knew health care could be to difficult? a judge has just blocked our executive order for jobs. the discussion of the united states. >> the newest member of the united states supreme court neal
gorsuch. >> hello, everyone. i'm poppy harlow. >> and i'm john berman. welcome in to cnn's live coverage of two major prime-time events tonight. the first, donald trump's rally in pennsylvania and there's a 100% cnce you will hear about that victory. the president takes the stage in harris berg in just minutes. we will bring that to you live as it begins. >> in true trump fashion, the rally is going up directly against the biggest night on washington's social calendar, the white house correspondents dinner. donald trump is the first time a president hasn't attended since ronald reagan. >> we are live on the red carpet.
we'll bring you highlights throughout the evening. first, we're going live to harris berg pennsylvania. jeff zeleny is there. that is where we'll hear from the president shortly. jeff? >> reporter: good evening john and poppy. it is a different kind of red as in red carpet here. it is red as in republican red. everyone in this arena remembers now donald trump turned pennsylvania red last year. pennsylvania had voted democratic since 1988. if you look behind me, the crowd is filling into this arena here. several thousand people are expected to hear from the president. he'll be talking about his accomplishments. a senior white house advisor tells me this is intended to be a forward looking speech. the president will talk about what's to come. but just given the inclinations of this president, you can see hemobe talking about his victory
as well here. as we speak, he's touring a factor on his way here. he's also going to sign the 31st executive order. some of of them are more substantive but the president trying to show action. he'll be speaking here joined by the vice president in this hour coming up. >> jeff zeleny for us in harris berg. we'll keep you posted. >> leads go back to the nation's capital. the rally in pennsylvania as the first jokes are beginning at the annual white house correspondents dinner. it is a time-honored tradition that many of the president's predecessors have played loojs with. our ryan nobody else is there on the red carpet. this is a president who tweeted
"have a great time but i'm not going to be there." he wants this split screen, right, for washington dressed up and he wants to be nowhere near it. >> reporter: that's right, poppy. i think there were some in the astro that side a sigh of relief that he wouldn't be here. they're kd o throw gasoline on that blame that's been wurng since he took office. it's changed the scope of this event. at this event last year you saw some major a-list celebrities come down this carpet. hardly any of them are here today. this has been pushed back to nouks on journalism and the future of journalism. this is designed to raise money for scholarships for young journalists. there's no doubt that the president decided to counter program with this big event in
pennsylvania. it is an indication that he's aware of this important event and he wants to make sure that his supporters, many of whom don't have that high opinion of the press, know that he's speaking to them and them directly. this is the first time a president hasn't been a part of this dinner since 1981 when president reagan didn't attend. that's because he was recovering from an designation tip. he even called into the dinner that night. we don't expect president trump to call in. >> jimmy carter skipped it twice and richard nixon skipped it for the same reason. >> in a manner of speaking, president trump is calling in, also, he is doing it from pennsylvania. he wants to mark his 100th day in office. there was an op ed in the newspaper today giving him an
a-plus. let's bring in our panel for the evening. matt lewis, clarissa ward, mark preston, kevin man, simone sanders, and andre bauer. matt lewis, i am struck by how important this evening seems to the trump white house. you have aides tweeting about it. the president's been hyping it all week. they are very proud of the split screen we'll have tonight and he wants to deliver a clear message and that is? >>that there are two americas, working class americans and then
there's washington elites at the hilton tonight. >> he's going to a place that he can -- he didn't win the counties surrounding harrisburg but he won around it by a lot. he's thanking them in a way tonight. he's touting his accomplishments, we expect. what evidence can he put towards these peoplehat i have made your life better. when it comes to the voters that he's talking to tonight, what can he say to directly make the argument that yes, i've made your life materially better. >> this is going to be a rally that's loud, proud and genuinely american. y'all are going to cover it as is everyone else. he's going to talk about the things that put us genuinely better. if you look at where we are militarily, they know that america is going to be strong again. we've put a line in the sand and we're going to stick to it. our enemies know that as well.
folks that he didn't normally get along with, he's trying to bridge those gaps. he's bringing democrats in and saying, i want to work with these folks. he's still trying to work to bring a common sense solution to fix a major problem, so most politicians have washed their hands and moved on and he's approaching it like a businessman. i'm going to work and get it done. it may take longer -- >> he said he thought it would be easier. >> whenever he talks, they're playing guitars in if background. donald trump is speaking about american values, she said. does all of america share those values? are there americans out there who didn't vote for donald trump who feel differently tonight? >> i think so o. his base is still with him.
they haven't waived but i think donald trump is vulnerable to those folks and the folks who did not vote for him. he's yet to show up as the president of everybody hchblt obama care was wildly popular with everybody. donald trump has made it a staple that he's going to take health care away from everybody. what i would hope to hear him say, i won, i know i won, but i want to be a president for all people. here's what i'm going to do in my next 100 days. no i'm probably not going to get that this time. >> clarissa, militarily, when you look at what the president said and we'll play it again in this bit about north korea and when you look at the strikes in syria, what do you expect to hear from the president in terms of touting policy?
>> i think the first time donald trump felt a taste of sweet success was at these syria strikes. suddenly you had people across both sides of the aisle saying, you know what? everybody can get on board with this. the problem you have is twofold. one, what is the larger over arching coherent policy that takes that further? and number two, do you get into a situation where every problem becomes a nail. i think a lot of people in the international unit are watching the tough talk with north korea. the military's happy about this. they haven't had carte blanche like this in many years. still, there's a sense of an dieity that we don't yet know,
specifically with north korea. we'll watch that clip later but still no indication of what the overn arching policy is here. you want to get rid of it? fine. you have to replace it with somebody. >> donald trump has broken every campaign communication, strategy, rule that you probably have seen in your entire life. they want everybody to watch this. he was going to announce the u.s. was pulling out of nafta at this speech originally. strategiccally speaking what does he need to do tonight? >> first of all, i think he's -- the other thing he's done differently is usually in politics you try to manage or lower expectations. he's embrasd expectations around this hyundais. i think he recognizes that so many of his supporters see the accomplishments. hoe has gone and shifted the priorities away from washington
establishment towards the people who felt like they haven't had a voice in washington before. i think he'll continue to do that. also, look, embrace the -- i think his comfort zone which is being able to talkirectlyo voters about the anxietieshat they have and talk about not the past hyundais, but what he's going to do going forward. >> we understand he's signed an skiff order that will allow them to review the wto, a big trait agreement having particularly to do with china. that plays right into this jobs, jobs, jobs message from the president. one of his communication advisors tweeted this tonight. while d.c. don their black ties, potus is in pennsylvania. you don't want to miss this. he also spent seven weekends in
mar-a-lago. where i think they wear ball gowns. >> he certainly wasn't caddying down there. >> let me give you the band-aid that will bring us tolgts. >> i think it's great that he's going to the american people. i think he should. he should do this in every state. he shouldn't go to state and hold campaign rallies. it's easy for him to do. i think it's a great idea. i think it's a mistake to be attacking this dinner tonight which really is a fundraiser for everybody out there to send people who need money to go to college. that's what it's all about. some peoplsay it's a little goofy and it's the academy awards for the washington elite, so to speak, but who cares? >> it's a media event. when they started bringing kim kard and ozzy osborne to this
thing, we surrendered some of our ground. >> you can bring anyone you want. >> it became a joke. it became this celebritization of politics. >> drurn is a product of this trend. he's what i get when you turn into a -- when espn -- >> let me say this. for donald trump to say to your point that he's going out to be amongst the people and all that, i'm fairly certain that he doesn't live in a little shack down by the railroad. >> he hasn't gone west of the mississippi. to your point, he should be in every state. it's not just because you know you're going to be surrounded by those who love you. >> absolutely. >> he doesn't want to get booed. look, i think -- >> do you? >> i'm willing to go with the people if we're really going to have conversations here. but we don't have a president
who is willing to do that. he doesn't take responsibility. he only twoojts take the goods to make him feel good and energize him. look, i think we'll have a decent maybe speech tonight but i'm looking for what's happening on day 101. >> hang on a second, guys, if you think this panel is going to be over kim kardashian -- it's going to be exciting. you'll want to stick around as we await the president's really big important speech on this 100th day of his presidency live from pittsburgh. we're also watching the red carpet. >> not kim kardashian. >> he can't take his eyes off it right now. it will be filled with interesting people shortly. you'll want to see who's there. the main event will be a comedy routine. the president won't be there. so will he roast him in an stens
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he described it as fake news. that was obviously a very big moment. flash forward to that free wheeling nauk he had during the administration and we went round and round again. he called me at one point, very fake news. i said well, mr. president, we are real news. he acknowledged that he asked his advisors whether alexander costa was somehow related to me.
it was a light hearted moment but it goes to the tensions we've had back and forth, so undoubtedly that was the most memorable moment for me during the first 100 days in office. >> all right. our jim acosta. he's had quite a busy 100 days. >> but he broke the rules. he didn't talk about the 100 days. he talked about before the 100 days. >> in washington, the dinner is getting underway. president trump might still be the butt of jokes, lots of them. who knows? >> the next guest knows a thing or two about that dinner and poebing fun of the president. >> 20-year-old intern, big old boobies. go ahead, what would you do? oh, i think you know what you'd do. >> they're stupid.
you should be paying me. wolf blitzer looks like papa smurf. >> that actually wasn't a comedy routine. that is daryl hammond. he's played donald trump on saturday nightli. he hosted the white house correspond's dinner. he joins us now. thanks for being with us. i want to jump in and ask about the elephant not in the room tonight. the president will not be there. how do you think that will change things for the person who will be trying to fill your shoes, the kmooet comedian who will be doing the roast. >> the first thing that strikes me about it is that even though he won't be there physically, he's going to be there more than he would be than if he were there. it's like the night really now is about donald trump again. and the way -- the way he put that together, i have to say, it's kind of remarkable that, you know, the times i played, it was the king and his court and
what made it especially gratifying is that if you could somehow make the king laugh, you know, but you learn pretty quickly that if the king didn't laugh, much of the court wouldn't laugh, either. but the king's not there tonight. >> yeah. >> but he is. he's more there than if he were there. it's not like he's not watching, right? >> it's pretty brilliant counterprogramming by his team to -- they want that split screen. they want the opposition party all in their ball gowns. so, talk about the comedn who will be doing the roasting tonight"i was not looking for someone to roast the president in an stens ya and that's not fair. then what will we here do you think? >> i thought that was the point was to -- >> yeah. >> poke fun at the president. and in comedy, it's political -- i assume it will be political
comedy, so you're poking fun at something. so is it just a general political comedy monologue? it's a great room for it, right? that would be a great place to try it out. on the other hand, that crowd has so many aluminum nars and so many powerful people, you have to think for one second, do i want to be seen laughing at this joke, you know? >> i mean -- live on tv, sure. >> oh, yeah. >> it's broadcast live. >> and there's a camera on everyone. there's a way to zoom in on everyone. it's a tough -- it's a real high wire act, you know, and i remember there was this one time i very dumbly said something about how great women would be in positions of leadership, in the military, because i believed that. and i don't know. man, the room stopped. clinton who had been laughing at
everything i said, suddenly those eyes glazed over and he said i'm not joining you -- your own. your own, you're on to see that august room of people turn into a large pool of carp looking at me like ahhh, i don't know what you're doing. i realized that that's not a normal audience. everyone there has some power and a lot of people have great power. >> and you made a great point, the audience are performing in their way while you're performing. let me ask you, you've been playing donald trump for years, even before he was in politics. is he different for you to play now that he's president? do you approach it differently? i want to say that people are different in different context. i've never seen him in the
political landscape. now i want to say political battlefield, the way he strategizes. when he was at snl, the way he approached that show and the diligence with which he approached it was really kind of impressive, because he knew that wasn't his game. sketch comedy wasn't his game. he was either going to learn that game in six days or he was going to change the rules, you get it? >> uh-huh. >> so keeping people off balance, man, how many times have we looked at our televisio set this year and said i don't really know what i'm looking at this. he's nicknaming his political opponents, for god's sake. can you do that? >> i -- >> it's clever to watch that machine move across the landscape, you know? >> derrell hammond, thanks for coming on. >> thank you, so much. i just remember 2011 when he was
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>> all right. there you have it. one statement from two angles from the president of the united states. one saying the first 100 days is the most successful in his mind. behind the hand right now is a large crowd in pennsylvania. hear waiting for the president. >> as we bring our panel back in, let's get something top of mind for everybody, and that's north korea. if strategic patience isn't the strategy now what is the strategy. here is the president. >> mr. president, you and the administration said 20 north korea don't test a missile. they have tested a missile. is the pressure not working? >> i didn't say don't test the missile. he's going to do what he's gotten to do. the man i've gotten to like and respect, the president of china,
president xi, i believe, is putting pressure on him also. this was a small missile. this was not a business missile. this was not a nuclear test which he was sbexpected to do three days ago. >> i will not be happy, what does that mean? >> i will not be happy. i can tell you also that i don't believe the president of china will be happy either. >> not 45e7 meaning military action? >> i don't know. we'll see. >> he just told a group of reporters at the factory in pennsylvania, when they said military action, he said you'll soon find out. >> hmm. he likes to have this sort of air of unpredictability. there is kind of a theory that it's the power of the mad man that no one ever knows what you're going to do. he's had a lot of admiration for
79 putin. president putin has also benefitted from being seemingly erratic. with president prudent, it appears to be coming from a place of strategy. what does the president mean, how unhappy will be, also? >> reagan also had that. i think it was -- in the case of reagan, it was strategic, but there was a sense that he was this loose canon, this cowboy, whether it was firing the traffic controllers early on or saying we're going to bomb russia in five minutes. i think it worked out well for reagan. >> it can work to your advantage. maybe he and tillerson have a good cop-bad cop thing going on. tillerson said we're not looking for regime change, we're just looking for denuclearization.
it seems awfully civilized. then you're hearing different terms from prurch and they just expect president xi to sort it all out. >> certainly, there's no core conviction there so solid that he's not willing to change it. nixon had anti-communism and ronald reagan had that plus small government. the question is is there a single core unifying value that donald trump has that he won't budge on? >> just one word with describe what he believes in, and that's winning or victory, right? i'd not necessarily a core odd logical stance. i'd just that he wants to end at the end of the day. when he was running in the campaign and won the nominees and later won the general election, he's not going to be
beholden to the republicans or the democrats, of course, but he could work with the democrats. the first 100 days has been wrault with unpredictability, chaos. in many conveys his administration embraced that and he loves chaos because chaos forces people to compete against each other. these are his advisors. you don't want them competing against each other. >> presidents war smart and kpe tennis tent who listened to smart advisors and north korea did nothing but develop nuclear weapons along the way. in 2020 they'll be able to deliver them to the continental. maybe donald trump is the one. >> if this is a stroinl, whether
it's a mad man theory or the -- >> or the good cop-bad com. >> they need to communicate that to the american pib and our allies. that's not a good place to be. you absolutely still have to bring diplomat pressure with china and other in the region if you're going to solve this problem. >> he has been and will continue to be criticized for not getting any major legislation through in the first # 00 days, signing a bunch of legislation. but he's more popular in not his approval rating but 54% of the country thinks the country is moving in the right direction. what do you atribute that to? >> we had a -- i think we have
to break it down and understand that donald trump put out a contract with the american voter and did not deliver. he hasn't delivered on anything. >> he actually -- on a lot of things in that context but specifically because they were executive order things. >> the supreme court justice. >> we know that's important but that does not directly affect their lyes. i believe it does. i've seen in the woelg. i pole every week. what people cared about was health care and johns. >> right now washington post-abc poll 67% of america think the democrats are out of touch with the population. trump's nagtd to something bigger than most people are getting, especially the pundits. he is resonating with the american public. >> 44%. you can throw that polling out.
>> we will not! >> i'm just telling you -- >> you're getting pol intin int he's not popular. >> but you're right, he is the lowest approval rated president. >> if he produces jobs, take everything you want. >> you cited polls and said you need to turn them out at the same time. [ overlapping speakers ] >> i have no doubt why you ended up at lieutenant governor. >> nikki haley. >> stick around. we have a lot more to talk about. we're looking live at harrisburg pennsylvania where we'll see the president very, very shortly. stay tuned for the speech. ♪ "let me tell you 'bout the birds the bees ♪
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the biggest tax cuts in american history. we're going to cut taxes across the board for working families, small businesses and family farms. just a few minutes ago, the president took another step, to make sure that trade deals benefit american workers first. folks, that's american leadership for the american people. [ crowd chanting usa ] >> make no mistake about it. president trump will not rest, will not relent until we repeal and replace obama care and give the american people the world
class health care they deserve. the result of all this, more than 500,000 new jobs have been created since january 1st of this year. president trump's vision to buy american, hire american is catching on with businesses all across the country. company after company are investing in american workers, billions of dollars, tens of thousands of jobs. as ford motor company chief put it, it was a vote of confidence in president trump's vision for america. the american people in our nation's small businesses vice president been this confident in a decade and manufacturers, the beating heart of pennsylvania and the heartland of america are more optimistic today than any
point in the last 20 years! >> across the board, our new president is doing exactly what he said he would do. it's driving all them a little bit crazy. in his first 100 days president trump has signed more legislation and executive orders than any president in more than 50 years. and he's picked a world class cabinet, hasn't he? men and women working every day to make this country great and strong, like secretry ben carson, ambassador nikki haley and our second of defense, jim "mad dog" mattis. and president trump has stood by the god given liberties of our
constitution without apology, the sanctity of life and the right to keep and bear arms in the second amendment of the constitution. and he nominated to the supreme court in the justice neal gorsuch a conservative jurist in the tradition of the late great people couldn't be more proud.n most important of all, president donald trump has stood by those who defend our families and our freedom at home and abroad. in the first 100 days president trump has kept his word to stand by the men and women in law enforcement to secure our borders and remove dangerous criminal illegal immigrants from our streets.
and, you know, thanks to president trump's tough immigration policies, illegal immigration is already down more than 60% this year alone. and as commander in chief, president donald trump is rebuilding our military, restoring the arsenal of democracy and president trump is fighting every day to give our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and coast guard the resources and training they need to accomplish their mission, protect our nation and come home safe. the president has actually proposed one of the biggest increases in defense spending since the days of president rona reagan.
and president trump has taken decisive action for those who have worn the uniform and making sure that the members of our armed forces receive the benefits they've earned, including world class health care. president trump will make the strongest fighting force in the world even stronger. with renewed american strength, president trump is standing with our allies and standing up to our enemies. he's put iran on notice. he's standing strong in the face of threats from the regime in north korea. and when the world saw our president's p strength and resolve in the actions he took in syria and afghanistan, the credibility of american power was restored.
thanks to president donald trump, isis is on the run in iraq, in syria, in afghanistan, and we will not rest until we destroy isis once and for all. >> usa! usa! usa! usa! usa! >> in just 100 days, president trump has turned america around and he's just getting started. under president trump's leadership we will make america safe again. under president trump's leadership we will make america prosperous again. and under president trump's leadership, i know in my heart with your help and with god's help, we will make america great again.
so with gratitude for his boundless energy, his optimism and the love he shows every day for this country and the american people, for these last 100 days and beyond, it is my high honor and distinct privilege to introduce to you the president of the united states of america, president donald trump! ♪ ♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ♪ if tomorrow all the things were gone i'd worked for all my life and i had to start again with just my children and my wife ♪ ♪ thank my lucky stars to be living here today bays the flag still stands for freedom and they can't take that away
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and new york to l.a. ♪ ♪ there's pride in every american heart and it's time we stand and say ♪ thank you. >> ausa! usa! usa! usa! usa! >> thank you. ladies and gentlemen, it is truly great to be back in the wonderful, beautiful state of pennsylvania. i love this state and i love the people of this state. it's special and it cared us to a big, beautiful victory on
november 8th. i want to recognize some of our friends that have helped us so much. congressman scott perry, g.t. thompson, a couple of my originals, mike kelly, who i watched on television. he was great. where is mike kelly? where is mike kelly? he's here some place. where is he? were you great on television this morning. and, of course, one of our other originals, congressman tom marino. thank you. thank you, mike. thank you, tom. as you may know there's another big gathering taking place tonight in washington, d.c.
did you hear about it? [ audience boos ] a large group of hollywood actors -- [ audience boos ] -- and washington media are consoling each other in a hotel ballroom in our nation's capital right now. [ applause ] they are gathered together for the white house correspondents dinner without the president. [ applause ] and i could not possibly be more thrilled than to be more than
100 miles away from washington swamp spending my evening with all of you and with a much, much larger crowd, and much better people. right? [ applause ] >> usa! usa! usa! usa! usa! usa! usa! >> and look at the media back there. they would actually rather be here, i have to tell you. [ audience boos ] that's right.
media outlets like cnn and msnbc are fake news. fake news. and they're sitting and they're wishing in washington, they're watching right now they're watching, and they would love to be with us here tonight. but they're trapped at the dinner which will be very, very boring. but next year maybe we'll make it more exciting for them in washington. we have a good chance of showing
up here again next year, too. the truth is there is no place i'd rather be than right here in pennsylvania to celebrate our 100-day milestone to reflect on anncredible journey together and to get ready for the great, great battles to come and that we will win in every case. we will win. because, make no mistake, we are just beginning in our fight to make america great again. now before we talk about my
first 100 days, which has been very exciting and very productive, let's rate the media's 100 days. should we do that? should we do it? because, as you know, they are a disgrace. according to a morning consult po poll, more than half of americans say the media is out of touch with everyday americans and they've proven it. according to media research center, 89% of the media's coverage of our administration has been negative and purposely negative and perhaps that's because according to the center for public integrity 96% of journalists who made donations in the last election gave them
to our opponent. does anybody remember who our opponent was? that was some opponent. finally, according to a poll last year from the associated press only 6% of americans have a lot of confidence in america. that's very bad. that's much lower than congress, by the way. but i'll give you an example of something really incredible. that's right. get them out of here. get them out.
they have a lot of people standing outside. we really maxed out. we broke the all-time record for this arena. how old is this arena? this is not -- we broke the all-time record. and i don't have a guitar, which is pretty tough. so just as an example of media take the totally failing "new york times." pretty soon they'll only be on the internet. the paper is getting smaller and smaller. you ever notice? starting to look like a comic book. but i will tell you because i watched and i used to be in the real estate business, they sold their beautiful "new york times" building in manhattan, a cathedral to journalism, such a beautiful, beautiful building, for around $130 million and a group that bought it later sold it for approximately